MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now "Door to Door," our weekly trip around the region.
MR. ROB SACHS
Today, we'll visit two particularly global neighborhoods Annandale, Va. and Mt. Pleasant in Northwest D.C.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 1
My name is Huoc Hun Yee. I was born in Korea in Seoul. I live in Annandale, Virginia. Annandale is like a little suburb of Korea because a lot of Korean beauty shops, Korean eyeglass, Korean restaurants and coffee shops, so a little bit like a Korean small town. I work in Koreantown, Honey Pig restaurant and I'm running the business. When I came here in Annandale first time, I feel if you open the business here it will be very successful because Annandale is open-minded people. They're more educated and understanding of other cultures, especially Korea.
MS. HUOC HUN YEE
Annandale is a growing city (word?) . This is going to be in the future an international town. Now, I see all these different international students in here. Like, seven or eight years ago, they don't have this.
MR. PEDRO AVILAS
My name is Pedro Avilas. I am an organization development specialist. I lived in the Mt. Pleasant area on and off for probably about 35 years, I guess. For the last 10 years, I lived right here in Irving Street, just two blocks away from Mt. Pleasant Street, the main street of the neighborhood.
MR. PEDRO AVILAS
Well, Mt. Pleasant, it's probably a couple of miles north of the White House. It's in the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. And historically, it's been one of the neighborhoods with a very significant Latino population in the District of Columbia. As a result of white flight, right after the Martin Luther King assassination, there was a lot of housing stock vacant that was pretty much taken over by recently arrived immigrants and it looked very run-down. I don't know, a different world, if you compare it to what it is now.
MR. PEDRO AVILAS
There has been this dialogue about what kind of main street do we want in Mt. Pleasant. The more affluent feel that the shops on the block are not really catering to their needs, that the shops do not really provide the amenities that they would like to buy. On the other hand, immigrant communities, be it Koreans or be it Vietnamese or Latinos or Africans, love the shopping on Mt. Pleasant Street because they can get the ethnic products from their home countries. You see children. You see elderly. You see people of all ages and it gives you a sense of security.
We heard from Huoc Hun Yee, Esther, the manager of the Honey Pig, 24-hour Korean BBQ in Annandale, Va. and Pedro Avilas in Mt. Pleasant.
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